Bozoma Saint John now royalty in Ghana

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Bozoma Saint John greeting the Chief of Akwamu, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III

Former Chief Brand Officer of Uber, Bozoma Saint John has been enstooled as a Queen by the Chief of Akwamu, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III.

The Marketing guru who was in Ghana for the Full Circle Festival during the Christmas holidays was given the title Odupomma (which translates to Queen: The tree with the sacred fruit that nurtures knowledge, wisdom and courage).

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She was enstooled alongside Hollywood actor Michael Jai White who received the stool title of ‘Oduapong’ meaning “a tree firmly rooted” at a ceremony on January 2.

Bozoma in a post on her Instagram page said she was exceedingly proud of the honour and will do her best to represent her people to the diaspora.

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On January 2, 2019 by the decree and citation of the King of Akwamu, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III of the Akan people, on the banks of the Volta River in the Eastern Region of Ghana, I WAS OFFICIALLY ENSTOOLED AS ODUPOMMA (Queen: The tree with the sacred fruit that nurtures knowledge, wisdom and courage). I am exceedingly proud of this great honor, and will do my best to uphold the respect of our people as I represent us in the diaspora. Congratulations to @officialmichaeljai on his enstoolment as the Odupong (King: The tree with strong roots that does not fear the storm) Here’s to our royal lineage and future! #CallMeByMyName #WeComeFromKingsAndQueens #RoyalBloodline #WarriorWoman #FullCircleFestival2018 #YearOfReturn2019 #WAVsHoliday


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In a separate post, she indicated that she was committed to working on behalf of Ghana after organising the Full Circle Festival with actor Boris Kodjoe.

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Bozoma also revealed that, a year ago President Akufo-Addo asked her what she could do to contribute to the reputation of Ghana in the diaspora as a daughter of the land.

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Yesterday, on the last business day of my trip to Ghana, His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo invited me back to the Presidential Office at the Jubilee House. Exactly one year ago, we had our first meeting during which he asked me what I would do to contribute to the health of Ghana as its daughter in the diaspora. I was truly inspired by what he said then— until Africa is respected, those of African descent won’t be respected... ANYWHERE. As we see images and videos of the abuse of Black people (and are forced to highlight with movements like #BlackLivesMatter), I know it’s a direct result of the continued disrespect of Africans all over the world. As a marketer and business executive, I understand what it takes to change the narrative and I intended to throw the full weight of my professional experience to make a difference. @boriskodjoe and @nicoleariparker (and our families) joined us after my initial private audience, and it was out of that meeting that the spark of the idea for the Full Circle Festival ignited. I am exceedingly proud that I’ve returned and delivered what The President asked of me. It is no coincidence that @cnn has named Ghana #4 on the list of places to visit in 2019. But our work doesn’t stop because our short holiday time has come to an end. I’m committed to continue working on behalf of the country of Ghana, with the offices in the government (including the Ghana Tourism Authority) in order to increase the visibility of its rich history, dynamic culture, incomparable hospitality, and promising future. Again, The President has set a high bar... but I intend to reach it, and surpass it. ONWARD! #GodBlessOurHomelandGhana #HereIsToAllDescendantsOfAfrica #DaughterOfTheSoil #UseYourPowerForGood #DoingMyPart #FullCircleFestival2018 #YearOfReturn2019 (dress courtesy of @pistisgh 💃🏿)

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She posted: I am exceedingly proud that I’ve returned and delivered what The President asked of me. It is no coincidence that @cnn has named Ghana #4 on the list of places to visit in 2019. But our work doesn’t stop because our short holiday time has come to an end. I’m committed to continue working on behalf of the country of Ghana, with the offices in the government (including the Ghana Tourism Authority) in order to increase the visibility of its rich history, dynamic culture, incomparable hospitality, and promising future. Again, The President has set a high bar... but I intend to reach it, and surpass it. ONWARD!

Bozoma is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor. Previously, she served as Chief Brand Officer at Uber until June 2018. She was also a marketing executive at Apple Music until June 2017, after joining the company in its acquisition of Beats Music.